What is God Doing?
Written by Ps Dev Menon
Brothers & Sisters, do you know it’s been 18 months since Covid-19 first impacted Zion Bishan? And over 6 months since we initiated ‘The Next Lap’ and formalised the four English congregations??
If you remember, The Next Lap vision came about because of 2 reasons: the short-term rationale was government-imposed restrictions; the other was to address longer-term challenges that we had struggled with over 5-7 years. Issues such as increasing pastoral cases, thin-discipleship, lack of faith-at-home, leaders burning out, etc. Essentially all the problems of a church growing too big.
Creating distinct congregations with dedicated shepherding teams would allow the benefits of small church – gaining advantages in communication, community, pastoral care and discipleship. Re-read the original write up: www.zionbishan.org.sg/2021/01/the-next-lap-moving-zion-bishan-forward
Now 6 months have passed, how are you feeling? More importantly, what have you seen God doing?
I recently took time to reflect on these questions with my fellow 5pm CST & AG leaders. It is paramount that we as a church don’t just react to circumstances but keep God at the centre of all our decisions.
You know as we go through the book of Acts, I can’t help but marvel as God directs His people. As the story progresses, it’s like the apostles have no clue. They are desperately trying to discern the Spirit’s movements as God breaks all the rules. He changes ethnicity & geography, language & culture, liturgy & methodology. The church post-Acts was unrecognizable to the original Jewish synagogue – except for the Scriptures. This whole experience must have been rather traumatic – to say the least!
So, if we serve the same God, with the same Spirit – who’s to say He is not still doing radical things with His church – even here at Zion Bishan. As our God continues to disrupt us, we must try our best to discern what He is doing, humble ourselves, and follow His lead… Indeed, God will be faithful. Let us keep moving forward.